The Union Plus Free College Benefit, brought to you in partnership with AFSCME, can help you (and your family members) afford a college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.
Under an academic partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, the Union Plus Free College Benefit offers grants — known as “last dollar scholarships” — that fill the gap between any federal, state and employer education grants for tuition, fees, and e-books for certain online programs at Eastern Gateway.
Free College is possible thanks to the early support and enthusiasm of AFSCME, who entered into a collaboration with Eastern Gateway Community College in 2016. Since 2016, thousands of students have taken advantage of millions of dollars in Free College scholarships.
Earn an Associate Degree — completely online, for FREE! Even if you don’t qualify for student financial aid, the Union Plus Free College Benefit will be applied to your balance for tuition, fees and e-books.
Eastern Gateway Community College is a fully accredited, non-profit public institution that is part of the University System of Ohio. Students can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the U.S. The program offers seven associate degrees and two certificate programs. Credits can be transferred to a four-year college.
CWA Members: In response to your questions, CWA inquired about the status of the day after Thanksgiving. Governor Murphy will not be signing an Executive Order to close the State of NJ this Friday for non-essential employees. We are sharing this information so all members are aware.
While it has been 10 years since a Governor has closed on the day after Thanksgiving, we disagree with this decision. We had hoped that members would be able to enjoy time with their families without the use of personal leave time. We have discussed with the Governor’s office, and we expect Departments will soon be notified, that requests for time off will be granted as liberally as possible.
Although we have never before had the day after Thanksgiving off as part of our Contract, we will bring this matter up at the bargaining table. However, we continue to believe that the day after Thanksgiving should be a day when the State is closed as a matter of policy and are unwilling to trade any of our existing holidays for this day.
We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe holiday.
Brothers and sisters,
Between now and January 4th, 2019, we have an opportunity to nominate our Union Brother, Tom Bruno for re-election to the board of Trustees of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).
Tom has represented your interests n the PERS Board of Trustees for the past 12 years.
Tom is a 35 year employee with the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (now retired) and an outspoken opponent of the privatization of pensions and other state services.
ALL STATE EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ON PERS BOARD NOMINATIONS BY LOGGING ONTO: https://vote.election-america.com/PERS-State
EDIT: as of 11/26/18: our meeting has been cancelled for the Education & Equity Committee. Please visit our website/facebook for updates and announcements for when we can reschedule.
Join us for our Education & Equity Committee Meeting, Tuesday November 27th at 5:00 p.m. at CWA Local 1033 headquarters.
Please be advised of the following information for ACTIVE workers on Centralized Payroll regarding retroactive money due from the July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019 contract:
Retroactive checks for back increments and the August 1, 2017 2% across-the-board increase will be distributed on October 26, 2018. These will be separate paper checks, and because there could be several increments owed and the pension withdrawal was different for each year of the retroactive increases, there will be several checks. In fact, if you had many personnel actions over the three years of retroactive money, including promotions, you could be receiving as many as 3 to 10 separate checks. You will have to review the pay stubs of each check so that you understand what they are for. CWA has asked for a spreadsheet of everyone’s retroactive checks. All of the checks will have withholding from them, except that you will not be charged retroactive healthcare deductions.
$650 Max Bonuses
$650 bonuses for people at max have been distributed, however, we are having a dispute with the State about some people who were not provided with these bonuses even though they did not receive increments. CWA has filed a grievance on behalf of everyone who didn’t receive an increment and should have gotten a $650 bonus but didn’t. If you should have received the bonus and didn’t, but you didn’t file a grievance, that is okay– we filed it on your behalf already.
Reviewing Retropay Calculations
When the retroactive checks are received and you have had a chance to review them, we will distribute a process for asking payroll to review any mistakes if you think one has been made. Please do not guess at how to get that addressed. This has been a complicated and difficult process of running the time clock back to get the calculations right we just need to get money in hand and work through each difficulty as it comes up.
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The CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee is hosting a CPR and AED Certification Training provided by the American Red Cross for CWA Local 1033 Members and Guests.
Kickoff meeting to discuss the requirements of the certification course and to register for the course will be held at CWA Local 1033 Headquarters, 321 W. State St. Trenton, NJ.